A tribute to David Bowie from the artist’s official photographer and creative partner, Mick Rock. Compiled in 2015 with Bowie’s blessing, this electrifying collection includes stage shots, backstage photographs, album images, and more, to chart the musical, theatrical, and sexual revolution of the groundbreaking 1972–73 Ziggy Stardust world tour, and to celebrate the eternal inspiration of a fearless, outstanding artist.
In 1972, David Bowie released his groundbreaking album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. With it landed Bowie’s Stardust alter ego: a glitter-clad, mascara-eyed, sexually ambiguous persona who kicked down the boundaries between male and female, straight and gay, fact and fiction into one shifting and sparkling phenomenon of ’70s self-expression. Together, Ziggy the album and Ziggy the stage spectacular propelled the softly spoken Londoner into one of the world’s biggest stars.
A key passenger on this glam trip into the stratosphere was fellow Londoner and photographer Mick Rock. Rock bonded with Bowie artistically and personally, immersed himself in the singer’s inner circle, and, between 1972 and 1973, worked as the singer’s photographer and videographer.
This collection brings together spectacular stage shots, iconic photo shoots, as well as intimate backstage portraits. It celebrates Bowie’s fearless experimentation and reinvention, while offering privileged access to the many facets of his personality and fame. Through the aloof and approachable, the playful and serious, the candid and the contrived, the result is a passionate tribute to a brilliant and inspirational artist whose creative vision will never be forgotten.
Mick Rock. The Rise of David Bowie. 1972–1973
Mick Rock, Barney Hoskyns, Michael Bracewell
Hardcover, 22.6 x 31.6 cm, 300 pages